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Old 01-19-2012, 10:05 PM
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:52 PM
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ew!
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:57 PM
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+1... I meant to add an actually valuable comment... I went from stock covers to a billet set (From Rennsport) and they seal a lot better.
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Tom,

Do the rennsport ones have the tapped holes for the spark plug wire clips?
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:19 AM
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nah, some duct tape and you're good
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:23 AM
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If you can afford new covers, cool. OTOH, that's not a structurally critical area so it's not like you need to replace it immediately.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:47 AM
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Hmm... as much as i'd love to, dropping a few bills on billet pieces probably isn't in the budget, but i've got the whole car torn down and i'd hate to leave these eyesores on there. I'll pull them off and see what kind of condition they're in besides that one area. If the rest of them checks out, then i'll have the powdercoated and roll w/ it for another couple of years.
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Really depends on what the rest of the cover looks like. When I pulled mine I noticed the coating on the inside was starting to flake off and the magnesium corroding pretty badly... Uppers and lowers.

I'd definitely lean towards replacing them if budgeting allows.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:06 AM
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I saw your thread when searching for billets a moment ago. Hopefully it's just that one area.
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Originally Posted by RicardoD View Post
Tom,

Do the rennsport ones have the tapped holes for the spark plug wire clips?
No holes. I don't worry about those guides as I route the wires to hang separately. But then you're a bit more fastidious about those things than I am...
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:08 AM
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I jut bought a set of new Porsche aluminum covers here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/350326839481...WAX:IT&vxp=mtr
They are as of yet en-route.

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Old 01-20-2012, 03:41 AM
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If it doesn't leak it's no panic. But how can it end up that way?! Extrem heat, winter driving, impact or what? Never seen anything like it.

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I think it's just odd magnesium corrosion. Look at what can happen to the fans; there are pictures so graphic they should be rated R.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:57 AM
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lol, the cooling fan pics you're referring to are probably off of my car too. Apparently, my car kills magnesium, lol.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:39 AM
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As you already have the engine torn down I'd say it's false economy not to replace them now.
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